Thompson Guilty for 2nd Degree Murder, Awaits Sentencing

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A jury found Orlando Thompson, 27, guilty of second degree murder for the death of Josh Halley, 33,.

The jury deliberated for two and half hours Thursday night.

Thompson was convicted of slashing his co-worker with a 15-inch sword at Buddy's Seafood Market in Panama City Beach on June 23, 2015.

Both of them were co-workers at the market.

The altercation reportedly started over Thompson adding more season to gumbo.

On Thursday prosecuting and defense attorneys made their closing arguments.

Prosecutor Bob Sombathy presented the sword used by Thompson.

"In his mind as he said in front of you, the fight's not over. It's over, but anybody that looks at is reasonable.But in his mind, the fight's not over," said Sombathy.

 The defense attorney Alvin Peters presented a tiny pocket knife that Halley took out during the altercation.

"This is a deadly weapon as to find in the jury instructions and what you can find is that Mr. Halley committed an aggravated assault right there in that picture," said Peters.

Thompson is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, May 4th, at 1:30 p.m.


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